Law Firm Harassment Prevention in 2021 & Beyond

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Date(s) - Oct 26, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Law Firm Harassment Prevention in 2021 & Beyond

October 26, 2021, 9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

So, 2020 . . . it was something.  Certainly, a year the likes of which we never have seen. And, given COVID-19, the advent of the virtual workplace, the Black Lives Matter movement, the rise of unabashed hate speech and other events, the law firm “workplace” has become even more complicated and, in many instances, open to claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  Given the inherent power dynamic unique to many law firm environments, we are at heightened risk.  As potential targets, therefore, we must be ready!  Administrators and Human Resources professionals bear a large part of the responsibility to ensure that our workplaces, both virtual and in-person, are as comfortable as possible, for as many as possible as much of the time as possible. We are the key both to the prevention of inappropriate behavior that undermines these goals and to the correction when such behavior occurs.  In addition to discussing the traps into which Administrators, HR, Partners, Shareholders and Managers fall regarding their own conduct, this seminar focuses on the affirmative responsibilities of these individuals, addressing not only sexual but also racial, ethnic and other forms of unlawful harassment.  This course also will examine the change in the law regarding unlawful retaliation and ways to ensure compliance with the law.

PLAA Members – No Charge

PLAA Business Partners – No Charge

PSMA, ARMA & ILTA Members – No Charge

CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: 2 hours in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.

 CLM® Recertification Credit:  2 hours in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR)


Michael Cohen

Michael S. Cohen is a partner in Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group.  He has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; combatting implicit bias; performance management; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; and more.


Michael has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today,, HR Magazine, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, Inside Counsel Magazine, as well as many other publications.  Michael serves as a Board Member of Serve, Inc.  Michael is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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